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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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GEORGE PETER MINALGA


June 18, 1920 to July 18, 2013

George P. Minalga died peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2013 with his wife, Dorothy at his side in their Los Altos home. He was 93 years old.

He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in 1945 graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. George went to work for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company at the dawn of the Space Age. His considerable contributions will always be remembered in the evolution of America’s spaceflight program, including work on the X-1, the first supersonic aircraft.

George met his forever love, Dorothy, at the Damien Club of St. Monica’s Parish, Los Angeles. They were married in 1951 and together began their family and their life. He loved being with family and children. His children and grandchildren were everything to him and he was always there for them … building a grade school project, fishing on a lake, learning to ski, simply listening to their stories, or celebrating their accomplishments. He will be missed, but his kindness will never be forgotten by Cecilia and husband Ray; Maryanne, husband Mathew and children Rebecca, Rachel, and Jamie; Josephine and children Christina, Matthew and wife Courtney, Phillip, and Bridgette; Rebecca and husband John Mark; Duncan, wife Pauline and daughter Veronica; and Peter and wife Melanie.

After retiring from Lockheed in 1989, George and Dorothy continued their adventures through life and the world. For 10 years, they participated in an annual pilgrimage, walking 72 miles over 3 days from Paris to Chartres, France, through woods and fields and over blacktop highways and country roads, sleeping outside and eating simple rations. Their pilgrimages were a celebration of their traditional Catholic values, so important to George and Dorothy.

Mass and funeral services were held Thursday, July 25, at Saint Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland. The casket was interred at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto.

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